HOPE*ann*FAITH

Living and Writing on Purpose: God * Life * Love * Realtionships * The Important Things.

Content In Me Today ~ The me He created ~ Day 9

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Content in my skin today. Spent the day under wraps so to speak. It was downright cold in the house late this morning when I finished the things I do in the morning … (sidenote: I find it interesting that this particular quest has me posting in the late afternoon or late at night, that’s new.).

First Focus

I got cozy with a cup of tea, a plush pile of blanket and dachshunds, my bible and settled in to read Isaiah for bible college; listening to the comforting sound of the dryer running and the heatilator flickering in the kitchen. Thinking about the beginning of this week and this morning.

I set out this week with a daunting two-week schedule ahead; one that doesn’t include any needs of my grandmother’s care or the last-minute notification to watch Dad’s house while he’s away! Before these it was already chock full of busy.

In the last month I have begun to really prepare for the upcoming ,known and unknown, in prayer. The word says I have the strength for all things in Christ. ~Philippians 4:13 – and I need to believe this, or this schedule will be my unraveling!

Believe God at His Word … He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will and so shall your plans be established and successful. ~Proverbs 16:3

I have been in the Word continually since Sunday! For bible study … for school … for challenges! For my life!

If you want to change anything in your life … your attitude … your situation … your life … I suggest you get in the Word! All the answers are there.

Cold Bokeh

I have spent much of my mornings in the Word one way or the other for quite some time. Yet my pastor said something Sunday about complacency. I get my Word in various ways … but this week I began reading the Good Book directly. There is nothing wrong with devotionals and Christian blogs and articles. Still there is something about getting the Word directly from the mouth of God; exactly how He directed it be said.

In the Word I have found that this week is going smooth and easy.

I‘ve made sound decisions, found courage in my upcoming discomfort zones (stepping out into a portrait shoot as a community outreach in the next month; definitely not in my flower/leaf and puppy comfort zone) and I’ve rested in the peace of God about this bible college course I am taking ( I didn’t do well in the last course and ended with a C-; the disappointment was highschool all over again). 

I’ve had pain … prayed it away. I should say I believed and  praised it away … delving deeply into the truth that I need not be ill or in pain; as this has been graciously taken care of.

I’ve had aggravation and confrontation … and uprose the Spirit with the Word … with the answer … with the courage to be quiet within me, while dealing with the noise outside of me.

Now don’t get me wrong … the pain, the realization that something I thought was done was not, the bills; and life doing what life does, has happened.

Yet I did my best not to react. That sweet, still, small voice within my spirit soothed me today. I listened today. Things were what they should be, today; I allowed God to guide me.

I’m ok with me today … my attributes … my flaws and I hear Father’s contented sigh in my spirit because I didn’t question today, I didn’t attempt to be a bigger more vibrant Andrea today.

I was contented with the me He created, today.

I rested in the contentedness that is my Father’s plan today, and it was good. 🙂

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice  behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ~Isaiah 30:21

I plan much of the same tomorrow … and being that my plan is to allow God to guide my day with His Word and His still, small voice I don’t think I have to worry too much about His chuckling at me.

Were you content in yourself today? Did life make you want to be more than who God made you?

Remember you were fearfully and wonderfully made. You are exactly who God made you to be and that is enough for today … and tomorrow, well He takes care of that.

Blessings Loves!

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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